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6 Useful Online Tutoring Sites to Boost Your Learning

6 Useful Online Tutoring Sites to Boost Your Learning

Today, you can learn practically anything online — from mathematics, coding, speaking new languages, and almost anything else you can think of.

Dozens of online tutoring sites have educated millions of students around the world for a fraction of the cost of college courses. The key to maximizing this accessibility of information is not just choosing which topic you want to learn about, but which online tutoring sites provide the best learning experience.

We’ve narrowed down the sites to the best of the best, each with a different focus and value proposition (such as focus on age, language, higher education, etc.).

Here are six of the best and most useful online tutoring sites to boost your learning and take your knowledge to the next level.

1. Chegg Tutors

Focus: Basic Classroom Topics

What was formerly known as InstaEDU is now Chegg Tutors. Chegg offers a variety of lessons from coding, mathematics, languages, and more from a variety of online tutors. You can receive your lessons via Desktop or through their iPhone app.

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Chegg is recommended for parents and their middle or high school children who are looking for extra help with homework and upcoming exams.

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    Chegg’s rates start as low as 40 cents per minute, which is very affordable. Chegg also provides highly advanced learning technology, as you’re able to learn through chat, video, and even write on a shared whiteboard with your teacher.

    2. WizIQ

    Focus: Basic Classroom Topics & Exam Prep

    WizIQ is recognized as a top leader in online education. The company provides everything from exam prep to programming through pre-recorded lessons. Or students can book a one-on-one lesson with one of their 200,000 private teachers. WizIQ has powerful technology allowing you to experience a private virtual classrom with up to 6 people in high quality video.

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      I’ve enjoyed the free live classes that instructors put on, and the quality of video technology is first rate. I recommend WizIQ for the age group that is interested in university or higher education.

      3. Kaplan Kids

      Focus: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics

      Kaplan Kids is perfect for elmentary and middle school students who want to improve their reading, writing, and mathematics skills.
      Students are able to earn points and win prizes as they learn. It’s a fun and rewarding way for children to stay motivated and engaged while learning.

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        However, I wouldn’t recommend Kaplan for anyone 18 and up, as the topics are geared towards children and young teenagers.

        4. Sophia

        Focus: College Courses

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        Sophia is targeted at middle and high school students looking to enter college. Students have the potential to receivecollege credits for online courses at a fraction of the cost of taking a course at an actual university. At the moment, the website is only partnered with a small number of US colleges, so chances are that you will not be eligible to receive credits from Sophia classes just yet. However, you can choose from one of their 32,000 tutorials and over 6,000 different tutors to teach you nearly every subject you can think of.

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          Sophia also has a good amount of free resources that you can access if you’re looking to try it out.

          5. Rype

          Focus: Personal Language Learning

          Rype is a new brand on a mission to disrupt the old-fashioned language learning industry by introducing personalized language coaching. They provide customized language learning packages, depending on your needs, including: The Starter Package (for beginners with zero knowledge), The Traveller Package (for travelers to learn conversation skills), and Rype Club (targeted for busy individuals and those looking to maintain their skills).

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            Why Rype

              At the moment, Rype only provides Spanish lessons, but other languages are coming soon. You can get your first session for as little as $9 and receive a 14-day free trial for Rype Club.

              6. Tutor.com

              Focus: Homework Help & Career Development

              With over a million students, Tutor.com is a great destination for students looking for help with their homework or career development advice.

              Tutor.com is larger than Sofia and Chegg, with the added advantage that no appointments are necessary, and you can access tutors 24/7 no matter where you are in the world.

              Definitely a convenient option if you’re looking to immediate help on your homework or upcoming exams.

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                Over to you

                What additional tutoring websites have you tried? Which of these tutoring sites are you thinking of trying out to boost your learning?

                We’d love to hear it in the comments below!

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                Sean is the founder and CEO of Rype, a language learning app. He's an entrepreneur and blogger.

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                What to Do in Free Time? 20 Productive Ways to Use the Time

                What to Do in Free Time? 20 Productive Ways to Use the Time

                If you’ve got a big block of free time, the best way to put that to use is to relax, have fun, decompress from a stressful day, or spend time with a loved one. But if you’ve just got a little chunk — say 5 or 10 minutes — there’s no time to do any of the fun stuff.

                So, what to do in free time?

                Put those little chunks of time to their most productive use.

                Everyone works differently, so the best use of your free time really depends on you, your working style, and what’s on your to-do list. But it’s handy to have a list like this in order to quickly find a way to put that little spare time to work instantly, without any thought. Use the following list as a way to spark ideas for what you can do in a short amount of time.

                1. Reading Files

                Clip magazine articles or print out good articles or reports for reading later, and keep them in a folder marked “Reading File”. Take this wherever you go, and any time you have a little chunk of time, you can knock off items in your Reading File.

                Keep a reading file on your computer (or in your bookmarks), for quick reading while at your desk (or on the road if you’ve got a laptop).

                2. Clear out Inbox

                Got a meeting in 5 minutes? Use it to get your physical or email inbox to empty.

                If you’ve got a lot in your inbox, you’ll have to work quickly, and you may not get everything done; but reducing your pile can be a big help. And having an empty inbox is a wonderful feeling.

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                3. Phone Calls

                Keep a list of phone calls you need to make, with phone numbers, and carry it everywhere.

                Whether you’re at your desk or on the road, you can knock a few calls off your list in a short amount of time.

                4. Make Money

                This is my favorite productive use of free time. I have a list of articles I need to write, and when I get some spare minutes, I’ll knock off half an article real quick.

                If you get 5 to 10 chunks of free time a day, you can make a decent side income. Figure out how you can freelance your skills, and have work lined up that you can knock out quickly — break it up into little chunks, so those chunks can be done in short bursts.

                5. File

                No one likes to do this. If you’re on top of your game, you’re filing stuff immediately, so it doesn’t pile up.

                But if you’ve just come off a really busy spurt, you may have a bunch of documents or files laying around.

                Or maybe you have a big stack of stuff to file. Cut into that stack with every little bit of spare time you get, and soon you’ll be in filing Nirvana.

                6. Network

                Only have 2 minutes? Shoot off a quick email to a colleague. Even just a “touching bases” or follow-up email can do wonders for your working relationship. Or shoot off a quick question, and put it on your follow-up list for later.

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                7. Clear out Feeds

                If my email inbox is empty, and I have some spare time, I like to go to my Google Reader and clear out my feed inbox.

                8. Goal Time

                Take 10 minutes to think about your goals — personal and professional.

                If you don’t have a list of goals, start on one. If you’ve got a list of goals, review them.

                Write down a list of action steps you can take over the next couple of weeks to make these goals a reality. What action step can you do today? The more you focus on these goals, and review them, the more likely they will come true.

                9. Update Finances

                Many people fall behind with their finances, either in paying bills (they don’t have time), or entering transactions in their financial software, or clearing their checkbook, or reviewing their budget.

                Take a few minutes to update these things. It just takes 10 to 15 minutes every now and then.

                10. Brainstorm Ideas

                Another favorite of mine if I just have 5 minutes — I’ll break out my pocket notebook, and start a brainstorming list for a project or article. Whatever you’ve got coming up in your work or personal life, it can benefit from a brainstorm. And that doesn’t take long.

                11. Clear off Desk

                Similar to the filing tip above, but this applies to whatever junk you’ve got cluttering up your desk. Or on the floor around your desk.

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                Trash stuff, file stuff, put it in its place. A clear desk makes for a more productive you. And it’s oddly satisfying.

                12. Exercise

                Never have time to exercise? 10 minutes is enough to get off some pushups and crunches. Do that 2 to 3 times a day, and you’ve got a fit new you.

                13. Take a Walk

                This is another form of exercise that doesn’t take long, and you can do it anywhere. Even more important, it’s a good way to stretch your legs from sitting at your desk too long.

                It also gets your creative juices flowing. If you’re ever stuck for ideas, taking a walk is a good way to get unstuck.

                14. Follow up

                Keep a follow-up list for everything you’re waiting on. Return calls, emails, memos — anything that someone owes you, put on the list.

                When you’ve got a spare 10 minutes, do some follow-up calls or emails.

                15. Meditate

                You don’t need a yoga mat to do this. Just do it at your desk. Focus on your breathing. A quick 5 to 10 minutes of meditation (or even a nap) can be tremendously refreshing.

                Take a look at this 5-Minute Guide to Meditation: Anywhere, Anytime

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                16. Research

                This is a daunting task for me. So I do it in little spurts.

                If I’ve only got a few minutes, I’ll do some quick research and take some notes. Do this a few times, and I’m done!

                17. Outline

                Similar to brainstorming, but more formal. I like to do an outline of a complicated article, report or project, and it helps speed things along when I get to the actual writing. And it only takes a few minutes.

                18. Get Prepped

                Outlining is one way to prep for longer work, but there’s a lot of other ways you can prep for the next task on your list.

                You may not have time to actually start on the task right now, but when you come back from your meeting or lunch, you’ll be all prepped and ready to go.

                19. Be Early

                Got some spare time before a meeting? Show up for the meeting early.

                Sure, you might feel like a chump sitting there alone, but actually people respect those who show up early. It’s better than being late (unless you’re trying to play a power trip or something, but that’s not appreciated in many circles).

                20. Log

                If you keep a log of anything, a few spare minutes is the perfect time to update the log.

                Actually, the perfect time to update the log is right after you do the activity (exercise, eat, crank a widget), but if you didn’t have time to do it before, your 5-minute break is as good a time as any.

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